Date: 28th December 2015 at 5:13pm
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It has virtually never stopped raining in Lancashire in recent times but there was a large McLeod over Morecambe at the end of Monday`s game at Meadow Lane. The Shrimps beat Notts County 4-1 last time they played them during August and ended-up in tenth position in the League Two table as a result. Today, they started the game in eighteenth position, two points and two places behind the Magpies albeit with a game in hand. Their form in recent times has been patchy to say the least and they went into this match having lost four of their previous five league games.

It didn`t show. Shaun Miller had taken his shooting boots with him to Nottingham. He tested Roy Carroll in the County goal with a header after four minutes but scored after just seven from a difficult angle after being played-in by Jamie Devitt. With twenty-one minutes played, Miller outpaced Notts central defender Theirry Audel, who brought him down in the penalty area and conceded a spot-kick which Miller took himself. Carroll managed to parry his shot but Kevin Ellison – who had already hit the crossbar with a shot after five minutes – was quicker to react than anybody else and smashed the ball into the net to make it two-nil. County started to press after this and the Shrimps conceded a couple of corners before Izale McLeod found himself one-on-one with the visiting goalkeeper after 37 minutes and tried to lob the ball over him: Barry Roche collected it comfortably. However, McLeod atoned for this error and set-up the second half perfectly from the hosts` point of view when he managed to beat Roche with a volley from a cross in the dying moments of the opening session`s injury time.

It was McLeod himself who equalised for the home team with an unchallenged header from a corner with just over an hour played. Apart from this, there were chances for both sides in a game which could have gone either way although Roche was probably the busier of the two keepers and made two excellent saves from Jon Stead. At the end of it, Ricardo Moniz the County Manager would probably be the happier: grinding-out a point when two down at half time must feel more like a victory. Jim Bentley, on the other hand, must have been disappointed that his team couldn`t hold on to their lead. But a point on the road is no bad thing and Morecambe have had the better of their encounters with Notts this season. The draw sees both sides move one place up the table.
Ref: Robert Lewis